Myrtle Beach police search for suspect in assault at mall video game store

troot@thesunnews.comNovember 12, 2012 

Myrtle Beach police on Monday searched for a man and a woman after two people reported being assaulted inside a video gaming store at Coastal Grand Mall, according to a police report.

The victims, a 45-year-old man and his juvenile son, told officers they were inside Game Stop in the mall when the suspect punched them several times before leaving about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

An employee told police he was helping a customer when he pointed toward a shelf where some games were located and the suspect yelled and cursed at him, according to the report. The employee told police he replied that he was trying to help the customer, and the suspect yelled “You were looking at my women.”

The suspect then said some other things before telling the employee to meet him outside, according to the report. The employee went into a back room of the store to remove himself from the incident.

The victim told police he saw the incident and told the suspect to not speak like that because there were children in the store, according to the report. The victim told police the suspect chest bumped him and said “you want some then?” before he pushed him to the ground.

The victim said he was pushed to the ground several times and punched in the face, according to the report. The victim’s son told police he saw the suspect beating up his father and ran to help. The victim’s son told police the suspect punched him the face and threw him into the video game display on the wall, which caused him to get cut by the metal racks.

Another employee called 911 and a woman, who was with the suspect, told him to leave the store with her, according to the report. Another person, who witnessed the incident, followed the couple out of the mall and said the suspect removed his red hooded sweatshirt as they left.

The suspect is described as a medium built man about 20-years-old standing between 5’05” and 5’07.”

There was no description of the woman he was with.

The couple got into a matte black BMW with chrome rims and loud exhaust. Witnesses did not get the license plate number, but said the plate was registered in South Carolina. Police are investigating the incident.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723.

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